With the end of 2019 upon us, we're reminded to enjoy and appreciate the company of friends and loved ones. As we quickly move into the winter and holiday season, the Alexandria Fire Department encourages you to take some precautions to ensure you can enjoy creating memories with your family while also keeping them safe.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. NFPA also reports that Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving.
As you plan to spend the rest of this year with family and friends, my hope is that you take a few minutes to think about preparedness to help prevent tragic incidents. Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors; stay in the home when cooking your holiday meals; and choose holiday decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
The Alexandria Fire Department wishes you a safe and happy holiday.
- Corey Smedley
Public Information Office
The image of
the Alexandria Fire Department, and its perception in the community and
surrounding areas are of the utmost importance. The Alexandria Fire
Department’s Public Information Office oversees operations of the department’s
social media accounts, the website, and communications with local and regional
media representatives. The Public Information Office is staffed by a civilian Senior
Public Information Officer (PIO) and four sworn, on-duty PIOs. The Public
Information Office also works closely with the Community Outreach Unit.
to multi-alarm fires, major incidents in the City, and incidents where media is
present. Additionally, PIOs collaborate with the Office of Communications and
Public Information (OCPI) to notify the City Manager about certain incidents that may
impact residents and/or normal operations in the City. The Public Information
Office is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In the event of
an emergency during afterhours, duty PIOs are on call from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Monday through Friday and on weekends.
Alexandria Fire Department on social media for the latest updates and information about community
The PIO can be reached at 703.746.5190 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A duty PIO can be reached during afterhours and weekends at 703.746.5195.
The Alexandria Fire Department's budget consists of the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) and general fund operating budgets. The fiscal year starts on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year. The general fund is the portion of the budget that is funded by City of Alexandria tax dollars. The operating budget refers to the day-to-day operations of the department consisting of salaries, supplies, equipment and does not include the capital budget, which deals with the replacement of fire stations and other fixed facilities. Local City of Alexandria tax dollars provide 96% of the department's overall operating budget. The CIP provides funding for major capital projects such as new or renovated fire stations and heavy vehicle purchases. The charts below show more information on the Fire Department Operating Budget.
The Alexandria Fire Department has an overall operating budget of $58M. Of this, $50.2M is related to personnel costs (salaries, benefits, overtime) while $7.8M is non-personnel related (supplies, hose, ladders, personal protective gear, uniforms, maintenance of stations and vehicles, debt service on engine/ladder/medic unit purchases, etc.).
The Fire Department is constantly working to bring in State and Federal grants to help supplement City funding. Alexandria has recently been successful in receiving grants from both State and Federal sources. A brief listing of these grants includes:
- 2018 applied for $1.5M in Federal funding for the SAFER grant for engine company staffing (application pending award)
- 2018 applied for $800K in Federal funding for Assistance to Firefighters grant for paramedic training and health & safety initiatives (application pending award)
- 2017 received $1.5M in Federal funding for SAFER grant for ladder truck staffing
- 2017 received $850K in Federal funding for Assistance to Firefighters grant for paramedic training and special operations training
The 10 Year CIP also includes funding for replacement of Fire Stations and other buildings. Also included is the actual purchase of large apparatus in the CIP (debt service), repaid in the operating budget.
A brief chart is below outlining the building projects currently in the CIP for the Fire Department:
|Project/Building||Current Age (as of 2019)||Current Budgeted Cost for Replacement||Year Funding Scheduled to Begin||Project Scheduled for Completion|
|Fire Station 203||70 years||$11.9M||2015||2020|
|Fire Station 205||70 years||$11.2M||2021||2023|
|Fire Station 207||56 years||$18.2M||2025||2028|
|Burn Building||38 years||$2.1M||2022||2024|
|Fire Station 208||43 years||Not currently scheduled for replacement|
|Fire Station 206||61 years||Not currently scheduled for replacement|